2021-09-16 04:39:18 Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street
Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street
“No entity could receive legitimacy without his excellency Ahmad Massoud’s support, endorsement, because he is the source of legitimacy today,” said Ali Nazary, who represents Mr. Massoud in the United States.
Mr. Massoud, the 32-year-old son of a legendary mujahedeen commander who led the fight against repeated Soviet offensives in the 1980s, is leading the Taliban resistance from the same valley where his father operated.
However, the resistance fighters are surrounded by the Taliban and are armed with dwindling supplies and no visible outside support. While Mr. Massoud has sought to position himself as the anti-Taliban leader, Amrullah Saleh, the toppled government’s vice president, a former head of the National Directorate of Security, and a former associate of the elder Massoud, declared himself Afghanistan’s legitimate president last month.
Mr. Nazary stated that “we are asking the United States to provide material support for our efforts, including the shipment of offensive weapons,” and that the Taliban should not be recognized.
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What exactly are the Taliban? The Taliban arose in 1994, in the midst of the upheaval that followed the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989. To enforce their rules, they used brutal public punishments such as floggings, amputations, and mass executions. Here’s more on their history and record as rulers.
What are the Taliban’s top leaders’ names? These are the Taliban’s top leaders, men who have spent years on the run, in hiding, in prison, and avoiding American drones. Little is known about them or their plans for governance, including whether or not they will be as tolerant as they claim. According to one spokesman, the group wanted to forget its past, but there would be some constraints.
Mr. Nazary, who was involved in arranging the contract with Mr. Stryk, stated that they chose him because he was not part of the “establishment in D.C.,” which he accused of appeasing the Taliban. Mr. Stryk, he added, “truly believes in us and the Afghan people, regardless of the consequences to his reputation.”
While Mr. Stryk has worked with Democratic lobbyists during the Biden administration, it is unclear how close he is to President Biden’s national security apparatus or what he plans to do to gain support for Mr. Massoud.
Mr. Stryk has represented a diverse range of clients facing difficult legal and public relations issues, including Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from a state oil company she once led. And he had represented the former Congolese president Joseph Kabila’s government, which had faced American sanctions for human rights abuses and corruption, as well as the Venezuelan administration, which the US considers illegitimate, and a witness in the Russia investigation who pleaded guilty last year to possessing child pornography and sex trafficking.